Friday, March 30, 2012

{Review} Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

Tomorrow Land

by Mari Mancusi
Publication Date: March 8, 2012
Publisher: NLA Digital Liaison Platform, LLC
Source/Format: Netgalley/eGalley

Can true love survive the end of the world?

Imagine finding your first love, only to be ripped apart by the apocalypse. Peyton Anderson will never forget the day she was forced to make a choice--between her family--and Chris Parker, the boy she'd given her heart. And now, four years later, as she steps from the fallout shelter and into a dead and broken world, he's the only thing on her mind.

All Chris "Chase" Parker wanted was to take Peyton away and keep her safe from harm. But he waited for hours in the rain on judgment day and she never showed--breaking his heart without ever telling him why.

Now the two of them have been thrown together once again, reluctant chaperones of a group of orphan children in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead still walk...and feed. As they begin their pilgrimage to the last human outpost on Earth, can they find a way to let go of old hurts and find the love they lost--all the while attempting to save what's left of the human race?


The year is 2034; four years after humankind fell from the super flu. Peyton Anderson is the key to humankind’s revival, but she has to navigate mutated human-infected lands to reach her destination. Knowing that she won’t be able to completely defend herself from the Others still roving around on the surface, Peyton teams up with childhood friend Chris Parker, a.k.a. Chase, to help with her mission.

In Peyton and Chase’s distinctive perspectives, the events leading to the world’s demise is told parallel to present day events. I like this setup because it shows the background story of the flu, and how Chase and Peyton get to the point where they can’t even trust each other anymore, just as I’m learning that everything isn’t perfect with them and the past is clouded with bad decisions.
“When the end of the world comes, it won’t be the ones who cry who survive, but the ones who spit.” 
Tomorrow Land is not just an ‘end of the world’ story full of destruction and chaos. Readers see how the characters are more than survivors holding out for any speck of hope for a better future. Despite the post-apocalyptic setting, the characters dealt with real issues. Chase struggles to deal with Peyton’s betrayal, the death of his friends and family, and learns how to be a leader and survive. Chase’s side of the story was really touching, even more so when he worked through his problems.

Tomorrow Land has an adventure to experience in a world not only filled with doom and gloom, but also laughter and love.

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